3M Library Systems announced earlier today that they had inked a deal with Findaway World to add 40,000 audiobook titles to the catalog of the 3M Cloud Library. Libraries who have signed with 3M can now buy the audiobooks and check them out to their patrons.
The audiobooks can be played in the latest version of the 3M Cloud Library apps for Android and iOS. The apps have recently been updated with new features, including a dictionary (iOS app).
If the quotes in the press release are to be believed, the reception is quite positive. "We’re very pleased to be able to offer both eBook and eAudiobook titles within our 3M Cloud Library collection," said Melissa Gearhart, Acquisitions Librarian at West Georgia Regional Library. "3M’s user-friendly, dual-format platform makes it easy for our patrons to discover and utilize these digital resources."
3M Cloud Library is the last of the major library platforms in the US to add audiobooks. OverDrive has had them since forever, and Baker & Taylor signed a deal in January 2013 with Findaway World to add audiobooks to Axis 360.